Lili: Child of Geos
follows a young girl who arrives on a strange island in order to fulfill an assignment at her magic school. She is going to scour the island in order to find a rare collection of magical flowers. When she arrives at Geos, she finds that it is populated by two kinds of people, wooden mechanical figures called constructs and their creators, strange masked creatures called spirits.
It quickly becomes apparent that the spirits use the constructs as their slaves, and as Lili gets to know the island's inhabitants, she develops a desire to free the wooden race from their lot in life, and, low and behold, the best way to do that is to collect her much-needed flowers.
When Lili comes across Trainer, a martial arts master construct, he teaches her how to chase down spirits and pluck the flowers from their hulking bodies. If you pluck enough white flowers, a rare red Soul Flower will appear and that particular spirit is out of the game.
The island of Geos is split into four quadrants, and each location has several spirits and constructs going about their daily business. Talking to constructs will grant you a few side quests that will help make their lives even better, but your primary goal is to keep an eye out for spirits. When they see you, they turn tail and run away. As you chase them down, they will throw bombs to slow you down, but you will eventually get close enough to jump on their back and start your rather unusual battle.
Lili has three stats that help her with her missions: speed, grip and stealth. Stealth is primarily used to try and sneak up on the spirits, while speed makes it easier to run the enemies down, but grip is where you will want to focus more than a few of your skill points since that is essentially your health meter while in a tussle. As you hang on the back of a spirit, your grip slowly slips. This meter also falls if you miss your target and grab thin air or, even worse, grab a thorn. The spirit will also occasionally sprout bombs that, if left unplucked, will explode and make Lili slip just a little more.
Lili also has a few items she can buy from a local store to help in her spirit hunting. The Speed Sandwich gives her a temporary boost that means you are pretty much guaranteed to catch whichever enemy you are chasing, while the Invisibility potion will let you not only sneak up on an unsuspecting spirit, but also get past the guard spirits that show up later in the game. While those are both useful, keeping your stats upgraded means these aren't all that necessary. The tool that is a bit help though is the Flash Bomb. While being flung around on the back of a spirit, a quick activation of this item will clear any thorns and bombs from the back of the spirit.